India was everything I imagined and more. My trip to Mumbai and Bangalore was a great opportunity to discover some of the street life and culture that can keep delegates entertained away from the boardroom. Noisy and colourful, with so many streets, eateries and historic sites to explore, it’s no surprise that these economic powerhouses are booming destinations for leisure and business travellers alike.
Mumbai is an amazing place, packed with vibrant street markets. I loved wandering through the busy Colaba Causeway. This well-known shopping street is a great place to haggle over travel mementos such as silk scarves.
Away from the rush of the city, our stay at The LaLiT Mumbai hotel was an oasis of calm. We were met with a welcome of drinks, flowers and cakes, and got to sample some traditional Indian breakfasts.
History and culture lovers should definitely follow in the footsteps of Barack and Michelle Obama and pay a visit to Mani Bhavan, part of the National Gandhi Museum. Located on a small side street, the house was once the Mumbai headquarters of Gandhi’s independence movement. Its collection includes pictures from the famous leader’s childhood.
Another highlight of the trip was eating lunch at one of Mumbai’s oldest eateries, the Leopold Café. Dating back to 1871, this atmospheric restaurant featured in Gregory David Roberts’ hit novel Shantaram. Sadly, it was targeted during the 2008 Mumbai attacks, and you can still see the bullet holes in the walls today.
We also travelled to the bustling city of Bangalore, known as India’s ‘Silicon Valley’. The climate here is more of a dry heat compared to Mumbai. And for all its business clout, the city is also full of green spaces.
Nature lovers will enjoy strolling through the beautiful Lalbagh Botanical Garden, home to around 2,000 species of plant. Look out for the Lalbagh Rock, a rock formation thought to be around 3,000 million years old.
Being driven in a tuk-tuk through Bangalore’s jam-packed roads was equal parts scary, hilarious and exciting. I’m so glad I experienced it!
For business bookers in search of a luxurious experience, the LaLiT Ashok Bangalore is a must. Set in beautiful grounds, the hotel offers a range of event spaces, and several restaurants. I had a wonderful meal at its restaurant, OKO, which serves Pan-Asian cuisine.
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